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The OJSM Hot Corner

Dec 13, 2023

Meniscal root tears are a problem. They can occur without trauma, they can only be diagnosed on MRI but occur commonly in a patient population where MRI is not routinely utilized, they don’t respond reliably to partial menisectomy, and they result in rapid degeneration of the knee joint. What we don’t know is how rapid is that arthritic progression. Dr. Caitlin Chambers from the University of Minnesota and her team address this question with their study, “Association of Medial Meniscus Root Tears and Nonroot Tears with Worsening of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis.” She joins us to discuss her results and gives advice on managing patients with this problematic meniscal tear pattern.